.The hummingbirds are astounding me and making me laugh out loud at times. It started yesterday.
Late yesterday Lola was sitting on the trunk, looking out the front window to the deck. One of the hummingbirds flew over just a few inches from the window and hovered directly in front of her face. Her ears perked up, and they sat watching each other for a few seconds. Then Lola tilted her head to the right, and the hummer moved a couple inches to the right! When Lola leveled her head, the bird flew back in front of her! They repeated this again, then the bird flew off. Lola looked over her shoulder at me as if to way, "MOM! Make it come back!!"
A few minutes after that I went out and watched the birds as they swarmed the feeders. They were so unafraid of me that I could barely believe it. I was able to stand a couple feet from the feeders while they simply flitted around almost as if I weren't there, other than to stop and look at me occasionally. I was delighted to see them so close up. I can't remember if I already said this, but they have landed momentarily on my hands while I have been filling the feeders. Trust me, they don't stay, but I can feel the little feet touch gently and so quickly that if I weren't watching, I might not have even noticed!
This morning I went out to refill the feeders. One was completely empty, so I filled it while being watched by several of them at close range, no more than a foot or 18 inches away. Then I moved to another feeder, and I moved my face up to the feeder to see if any nectar was left. There was still a little bit in the bottom of the feeder, and I was wondering about whether to dump and refill new or leave it and come back in a half hour or so. One little bird came and hovered right next to the feeder, just looking at me! My face and his tiny body must have been just 3-5 inches apart! I froze in place, and we just stared at each other a few seconds, then he lit on the perch around the feeder and proceeded to feed with seemingly no concern about me or my proximity to him!
I stood like that, as still as I could, for 30-60 seconds, just enthralled with the wonder of what was happening. To be that close, so close that I was looking almost cross-eyed at this amazing little creature, was an unforgettable experience. I think I held my breath, for fear of scaring him away. I am so blessed to have the experiences of these teeny critters visiting me for the summer.
Ahhhh. I like cooler weather, but for these little beauties, I'll endure the summer heat any time! (Not that it s exactly hot here, but I love temps in the 40s, 50s and 60s best.)
Actually it is a fairly cool day. It was in the low 70s earlier, and I've just had a small rain shower, dropping the temp to 69°. I'm actually having a cup of hot tea, and I'm so inspired by the comfortable temperature that I am soaking butterbeans and preparing a roast for dinner! It's all about comfort today, I guess.